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  • DR ramps up as Florence floodwaters rise

    September 18 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    DR ramps up as Florence floodwaters rise

    Rising floodwaters have cut off the supply chains of some Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) efforts following Hurricane Florence, and others are increasingly threatened. But that’s not slowing down ministry to North Carolina communities hit by the storm. As Baptist state conventions partner with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to mount a disaster relief effort …

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  • Cooperative Program: Friends share life-giving faith

    September 17 2018 by Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    Cooperative Program: Friends share life-giving faith

    “Let me introduce you to a friend,” folks say. Every Southern Baptist has innumerable friends who are sharing the gospel in unique ways and in unique settings. You may not know any of these friends personally, but they share a bond with all Southern Baptists who support their outreach through the Cooperative Program (CP).

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  • Nat’l CP 2.59% ahead of projection

    September 6 2018 by Baptist Press Staff | with 0 comments
    Nat’l CP 2.59% ahead of projection

    Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 2.59 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and 0.01 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy.

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  • Puerto Rico hurricane toll ‘a miracle’ at 2,975

    August 30 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Puerto Rico hurricane toll ‘a miracle’ at 2,975

    It’s “a miracle” Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico is not even higher than the new official total of 2,975, a massive jump from the long purported 64, a Southern Baptist disaster relief leader told Baptist Press. The new count, based on an independent study that the territory commissioned from George Washington University …

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  • Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

    August 27 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

    Johnny Hunt, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., and past president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), will join the North American Mission Board (NAMB) as senior vice president of evangelism and leadership. Hunt and NAMB announced the news Sunday (Aug. 26).

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  • Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

    August 27 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

    The U.S. Army has dropped its investigation against Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires, fully exonerating the major of all charges Aug. 24. Squires, who had been charged with discrimination against a lesbian soldier who wanted to attend a marriage retreat, handled the situation in accordance with military policy and followed the guidelines of his denominational authority, the Army said.

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  • Mentoring initiative nurtures churches & seminarians

    August 22 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    Mentoring initiative nurtures churches & seminarians

    Noah Madden chose New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), in part, due to the lostness in the city. After spending his formative years in Canada, Madden wanted to be involved in gospel witness outside the Bible Belt. Madden planned to immerse himself in the city, study at NOBTS and apply the practical aspects of ministry in a local church setting.

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  • Military chaplain plays historic role; comforts families

    August 17 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Military chaplain plays historic role; comforts families

    Before dawn on July 27, Southern Baptist United States Army Chaplain (Colonel) Samuel S. Lee, stepped onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft at Osan Air Base to lead prayer for crew members who were about to take off on a historic flight across the border to North Korea.

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  • Case against Army chaplain called ‘anti-religious’

    August 14 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Case against Army chaplain called ‘anti-religious’

    A U.S. Army investigator ignored key evidence in saying a Southern Baptist chaplain was derelict in his duties for rescheduling a marriage retreat to accommodate a lesbian couple, the chaplain’s attorney said. Army Chaplain Jerry Scott Squires refused to conduct a Strong Bonds marriage retreat because a lesbian officer planned to attend …

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  • Army base sees 1,459 salvations since March

    August 14 2018 by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Army base sees 1,459 salvations since March

    U. S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Jose Rondon believes “there is nothing more exhilarating in life than seeing people come to Christ.” This year Rondon has experienced that exhilaration with more than 1,400 professions of faith – something one could describe as a spiritual awakening – at Fort Leonard Wood, his place of ministry.

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  • NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

    August 13 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to help their congregations become more evangelistically active. Jim Law, who currently serves as executive pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., will serve as executive director of the new group.

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  • New planters, resources energize Puerto Rico ministry

    August 7 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    New planters, resources energize Puerto Rico ministry

    Two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, Félix Cabrera and his wife Denisse arrived to visit the island where he was born and deliver aid in the storm’s aftermath. Cabrera thought he was just there to help in a time of need, but God was working on something more.

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  • Disciple-making task force atop NAMB report at SBC

    June 19 2018 by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Disciple-making task force atop NAMB report at SBC

    Kevin Ezell delivered the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) report to messengers June 13 focusing on disciple-making and relaying an update on the effectiveness of Southern Baptist church planting efforts and NAMB’s new initiative in Puerto Rico. Ezell, NAMB’s president, began the report by inviting Robby Gallaty to share findings and recommendations from the disciple-making …

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  • NAMB to inform, mobilize pastors & churches at SBC

    May 14 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    NAMB to inform, mobilize pastors & churches at SBC

    Messengers and other attendees at this year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting will have multiple opportunities to learn about ways to better engage their churches with mission efforts both locally and throughout North America. “We never stop seeking out ways to help get the hope of the gospel out to North America,” said Kevin Ezell.

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  • Sutherland Springs groundbreaking starts with prayer

    May 9 2018 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Sutherland Springs groundbreaking starts with prayer

    Karla Holcombe, one of 26 victims to die in shootings at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5, 2017, walked the lot adjacent to the church often, praying for God to provide a place for expansion. Members said the two-acre tract was too expensive. ...

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